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Friday, March 16, 2012

 11:26 AM 

Senate has operated with split control before

GOP Sen. Pam Galloway's resignation from the state Senate will trigger chamber rules that call for split control until one side has a majority again.

GOP leader Scott Fitzgerald and Dem leader Mark Miller plan to meet next week to hash out the details. But the Senate was split equally four times in the 1990s.

Under rules hashed out the first time it occurred, committee memberships will be evened out, including Senate Org. Currently, Republicans have a 3-2 majority on Senate Org, which controls chamber operations. A Dem member will be elevated to even it at 3-3, for example.

The current chairs will hold onto their posts, and Sen. Mike Ellis of Neenah will continue as Senate president.

Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison and the longest serving member of the body, detailed the history of split control in the Senate during the 1990s in an article he wrote for Stateline in 2001.

Read it here.


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